Paulding FFA members receive State FFA Degree in Columbus on May 3, 2013. Olivia Cramer, Taylor Dangler, Justin Carnahan, Bailey Zeller, Tiffany Spangler.

Paulding FFA members earn State honor

At the 85th Ohio FFA Convention in Columbus, five Paulding students received the State FFA Degree, the highest award Ohio can bestow on an FFA member. In order to qualify, members must meet many standards which include; 35 hours of community service or improvement, $3000 earned in their supervised agricultural experience programs with at least $1,000 productively invested, compete in at least two state sanctioned career development events or competitions, maintain a 3.00 cumulative GPA and a 93% school attendance rate and serve as an officer or committee member. A seventeen page application is completed prior to evaluations at the sub-district, district and state levels and then must meet final approval guidelines at state evaluations before being awarded. This year, Tiffany Spangler, Taylor Dangler, Bailey Zeller, Olivia Cramer and Justin Carnahan have all been awarded the State FFA Degree among nearly 700 across the state.

Tiffany is the daughter of Jeff and Melinda Spangler of Oakwood.  Her SAE consisted of raising and showing market goats, market steers and dairy feeders.  Taylor is the daughter of Scott Dangler and Jen and Michael McMichael of Cecil.  Her Supervised Agricultural Experience consisted of raising and showing market chickens and geese.  She also raised and sold market hogs and eggs from the chickens.  Bailey is the daughter of Troy and Cathy Zeller and Sherry Zeller of Cecil.  Her SAE included working on her family livestock farm raising donkeys, cattle, goats, turkeys and chickens.  She also raises and sells eggs and shows geese at the Paulding County Fair.  Olivia Cramer earned her State FFA Degree by working on her family hog farm and a local dairy farm.  She has also raised and showed market hogs, market lambs, dairy feeders and rabbits at the Defiance and Paulding County Fairs.  Olivia is the granddaughter of Pat Johnson of Paulding.  The final applicant was Justin Carnahan, who is the son of Doug Carnahan and Deanna Carnahan of Oakwood.  His SAE consisted of raising and showing market goats and raising forage crops.  All five are juniors at Paulding High School.  Less than 3% of all Ohio FFA members are awarded the degree and are among the elite of FFA membership. The next and highest level these students can achieve is the American FFA Degree. Congratulations to these students on their hard work, effort, determination and achievement!

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